It’s Not a Conversion, but…

2 02 2008

mbp

Apple’s been putting out nice stuff lately. I’m personally a *nix fan. But I will give credit where it’s due. A couple of week ago, MacWorld didn’t really shock anyone, especially if you follow rumor blogs on Apple. Macworld for me was like a kid on Christmas that already knew what he was getting. Everything there was predicted. There were even some pretty accurate mockups of the Macbook Air. I think the only thing that no one really expected was the Timecapsule, which coincidentally is what excited me the most. An airport extreme with a 500GB server grade drive. I know I could probably just buy a draft N Linksys or D-link with USB connectivity and an external drive for like 240. Maybe I’m just getting sucked in to the whole Mac thing.

Anyway, I’m getting a Mac this month. Macbook Pro specifically. Going back those rumor blogs I was talking about, there’s word going around on a new MBP. It’s supposed to have the new Penryn Intels and the multitouch pad that’s on the MB Air. The new “low-end” 15″ MBP is estimated to ship with 2.5GHz. Supposedly will also allow a BluRay option. A battery-life tracking website has also been getting test results from the Apple IP range with system identifiers of “MacBookPro4,1” The current ones are 3,1. Since the new Penryn chips have SSE4 instructions and SSE4 support is a new feature on 10.5.2, I’ll be looking for the new MBPs when 10.5.2 ships. While it’s not concrete evidence, it’s enough to make me wait.

So as a nerd, I feel it pretty necessary to experiment with a Mac. That’s how I’m rationalizing this. I keep telling myself this isn’t a switch. But seeing how easily I got sucked in at Macworld, I think I may be headed that way. I mean, Jobs almost had me convinced that the lack of an optical drive on the Air was a ‘feature’. And I thought that being able to access the optical drive from a networked computer was revolutionary. I went home and realized I could do that between a Vista and XP, Fedora 8 and XP , etc.

I’ll be back with more news on the Mac Hunt ’08 as it develops. In the mean time, any current Mac users with tips, trick, news, hacks, essential programs etc for a new user…input is very much welcome.

L8z,
AleX

Update: The battery tracking site is down! Server overload? Or an outside influence cracking the whip? *Alex forms conspiracy theory*

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Following MacWorld 08 From Work? Do It Effectively.

11 01 2008

It’s coming. I don’t even own a Mac. Well…kind of. Not the hardware anyway. I’m excited nonetheless. While there’s no live video coverage, you can still follow the dozens of live blogs from everywhere. Here’s a list of like 10. Thing is, I remember following along during the big iPod announcements in September and it was pretty disastrous. Having to manually refresh every few seconds and having to scroll to the bottom only to find you refreshed to soon and there were no updates. And the fact that I was at work, not working, made things worse. I don’t know if the live blogs are going to be any different this year. I was considering signing up through Twitter and getting my MacWorld updates that way. but then I found this.

RSS Popper is a toolbar for Outlook. While Outlook 2007 has an RSS reader, most companies are still using 2003 so this is good news for them (yes, I plan on following along at work again.) It takes a feed and checks it every x amount of seconds. Whatever you configure it to. It then displays them as email messages. While some may think that’s useless, (like I did at first) RSS Popper does a good job of keeping feeds out of your inbox and in their own folders.

Follow me so far? Why do this? Why not Google Reader? Well, like I said before, I didn’t much like being glued to the screen, waiting for updates. At this point we need to make a rule in Outlook. A rule that will notify you when there is an update with an alert window. THIS way, I can actually keep working but still follow along. It’s all about productivity, see?

untitledIn Outlook: Tools | Rules and Alerts | New Rule | Start from a Blank Rule | Check Messages When They Arrive | Next | check “with macworld in the subject or body” | Next | check “Display a Desktop Alert” | Next x 2 | Make sure the rule is on and click Finish

Good to go!

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Well, hope this helps and enjoy the reveal of the 42″ TV with the iPhone OS (my outrageous prediction)

L8z
AleX